Fal­con Col­lege school­boy equals 100m 9yr record

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

FAL­CON Col­lege school­boy Tadiwa Mhonde has equalled his school’s 100m record that has stood for nine years.

Ac­cord­ing to Fal­con Col­lege sports di­rec­tor Bren­don French, the 18-year-old Mhonde clocked 10.8 sec­onds to equal the Esigo­dini-based school’s record that was set in 2007.

Although the Up­per Six learner is adamant that he set a new school record, French in­sisted that Mhonde equalled the ex­ist­ing record in the 100m dash.

“I am ac­tu­ally happy be­cause this is a big achieve­ment for me. I ini­tially pur­sued ath­let­ics be­cause I wanted to get a univer­sity schol­ar­ship, but I now want to take it to the next level by qual­i­fy­ing for and com­pet­ing in the Olympics,” said Mhonde.

“When I was at pri­mary school, I never thought I would go this far with ath­let­ics. I started do­ing it for fun be­cause I al­ways came first in 100m and 200m races but, I’m now tak­ing ath­let­ics se­ri­ously and wish to one day rep­re­sent my coun­try in the Olympics,” he said.

Mhonde, who started run­ning when he was in Grade Two at Eif­fel Flats Pri­mary School in Kadoma, has also gone on to com­pete in ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions such as the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Bel­gium.

Mhonde is also Fal­con’s 200m (22.3 sec­onds) record holder which he set this year. He said his best time in 200m is 21.76 sec­onds, which was not at a recog­nised com­pe­ti­tion.

Mhonde said striv­ing to be the best is what keeps him train­ing harder. He has also been work­ing with for­mer Zim­babwe 400m record holder Arnold Payne to get an ath­let­ics univer­sity schol­ar­ship in the United States of Amer­ica via his Payne Global Sports Man­age­ment.

“I want to do Busi­ness Stud­ies at univer­sity and I have been in reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Payne be­cause he has con­nec­tions in the United States. He has been telling me that hard work is the key to suc­cess and he also told me not to de­tach from my stud­ies,” Mhonde said.

He at­tended the ath­let­ics work­shops Payne con­ducted with renowned United States ath­let­ics coach Dar­ryl An­der­son in Bu­l­awayo re­cently and hopes to match Payne by com­pet­ing on a global stage in the sport he has come to love.

Tadiwa’s mother Wendy Mhonde said: “We saw the po­ten­tial in him from pri­mary level be­cause he was al­ways com­ing first in all com­pe­ti­tions. When he took part in the in­ter-schools, that’s when we re­alised that he is go­ing far then we started en­cour­ag­ing him to work harder. As a fam­ily, he re­ally did us proud and we hope one day he will make our coun­try proud with an Olympic medal.” — @khumza­llen

Tadiwa Mhonde

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